Sacha Baron Cohen has confirmed that Borat, surely his most friendly creation, was hassled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In a fresh interview with Marc Maron on his sometimes presidential WTF podcast, the Brothers Grimsby star speaks candidly about not only the FBI’s interest in the work of an esteemed Kazakh journalist, but also various authorities' disapproval of practically every movie he's ever made.
"[The FBI] got so many complaints there was a terrorist traveling in an ice cream van," Cohen told Maron, as first reported by EW. "The FBI got so many complaints that they started compiling a little file on us and eventually they came to visit us at the hotel." According to Cohen, that little hotel visit went splendidly thanks to the fact that he then "went missing" at the request of his team.
A similar situation, though not as dramatically and gloriously linked to FBI activity, also took place during the filming of Bruno. After being warned that Kansas authorities were planning to make arrests, Cohen says his bodyguard instructed him to escape by leaping from a window. Production on Bruno was briefly stalled after Cohen's realization that his daring window escape had, in fact, left him with a broken heel.
At Monday's London premiere of Brothers Grimsby, a film so inspiringly filthy that Jimmy Kimmel couldn't even show a clip on TV, Sacha Baron Cohen made headlines once again with his Hollywood-blasting joke about the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite controversy. "I just wanna say we do not desire an Oscar at all," an underwear-clad Cohen told AP on the red carpet while standing alongside Brothers Grimsby co-star Gabourey Sidibe. "That is why we have cast an African American actress."